|Project by Mark Wilson||posted 02-07-2016 02:50 AM||1530 views||1 time favorited||22 comments|
I play with fire.
You play with fire!?
Cuz I don’t like staining Things.
So, this is the second of a set of two. The first was cracked almost as badly as this one. You probably know that cracks in wood are a fair constant in The Dungeon. Most of the time, I go ass-over-teakettle, trying to come up with some eye-catching way to deal with them. Such as, building a design of dowel plugs, or bridging, or filling. Not unusual, for a woodsmith. Sometimes (and this is the case, here), I just decide to let a crack be a crack.
Bowl #1 of the pair, in case you wondered, hasn’t made it to the hallowed halls of my Gallery yet. Here’s why: I plugged the crack very nicely, if I may say so. I finished the outside, then, hollowed the inside. It was a very nice bowl, indeed. While hollowing, the crack across the bottom became ever more severe. So I took it off the lathe, still in the chuck, and filled the crack with Envirotex Casting Resin, which, by next day, had thoroughly cemented the bowl to the chuck. (You’ve heard this before, I think. This is what that bowl looks like.
This is what it looked like, after I pried it off the chuck.
The last photo in the montage is the second bowl. The one that is the subject of the Post. It scratched its head, and I heard a VIMH.
Let the cracks be cracks.
Now, what was that about “playing with fire?”
I scorched it with a torch, did a little sump’n sump’n to make it a little silvery, applied BLO, shellacked it, and WOPd it. Then, I photographed it. The “Project Thumbnnail” is my ten-thousand-oneth photo with this camera. I shot the first three photos with two lights on. The fourth through sixth are with one light. It’s pretty much what it looks like, either way.
About the scratchy texture: It was deliberate. You know those “Sand Masters?” Those things that have a pivoting head for sanding turnings, where the head is spun by the friction of the turning piece? Yeah. I don’t have one of those. I do, however, have a random orbit sander, that does almost the same thing. But only on the outside. The scratchy texture is the result of the spinning sandpaper. I let it spin one way on the upper half of the bowl and the other way on the lower half. I liked the way it looked. To me, it sorta created a “brushed metal” kind of an effect. Normally, I’ll jump through every hoop I can imagine to get every little scratch and imperfection out of a piece. In this instance, it seemed to contribute to the appearance I was after – Black Chrome.
And now, I have a very shiny thumbnail.
Rubber gloves? I don’t need no stinkin’ rubber gloves.